Researchers from different projects work together on issues at specific scales (street and buildings, neighbourhoods, cities and regions) in close cooperation with stakeholders. Specific locations and precise topics have been selected during extensive discussions with the cities involved, among which Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam, Tilburg and Arnhem/Nijmegen. On the map you can see the distribution of the case studies over these cities.
Buildings and Street
The case study of climate resilient and sustainable ‘street and buildings’ will investigate impact and adaptation options at the level of buildings (indoor environment and building envelope), building surroundings (e.g. green, water) and the relation to user behaviour. The street and buildings scales are ideal in looking for combinations between adaptation and climate mitigation solutions (related to energy consumption). Read more.
Key questions at ‘neighbourhood’ level are: What is the vulnerability of neighbourhoods to climate change and what measures are there to take? Projects on observation, simulations and various adaptation measures (green, water storage solutions, building configuration etc.) are combined in order to provide effective solutions for climate proof neighbourhoods. Research on governance focuses mainly on large scale renovation processes of residential areas and business parks. Read more.
Integrated water management
In some periods climate change leads to water surplus in urban areas, while there is a shortage of water at other moments. The key question in the case study about ‘integral water management’ is how to create smart solutions to balance between storing and discharging water at the different scales of the urban water system. Furthermore, the possibilities of water use in relation to retention and storage are explored (e.g. cooling), taking into account water quality and public health. Read more.
The case study on ‘climate buffers and city regions’ studies the influence of the surroundings of a city at the urban climate. How can the city region act as a climate buffer, in terms of cooling and water storage? Measurements and simulation of climate parameters are used in order to get a better understanding of the regional influences on the urban heat island effect. Results include design specifications for climate buffers to support spatial planning processes in metropolitan areas. Read more.